Europe Provides Cleaning Preview

The 10th edition of Stuttgart’s parts2clean show provided a close look at what lies ahead for the U.S. cleaning market.

When it comes to cleaning technology, we in the U.S. can often learn a lot by examining the trends and new developments in the European market. After all, European manufacturers have long viewed cleaning as a significant part of the production process, rather than just a necessary evil. And although regulations in the U.S. for chemical usage and waste disposal are continuing to grow more strict, they are being guided by the example of those set in Europe.

Last year’s parts2clean show in Stuttgart, Germany (an international trade fair for industrial parts and surface cleaning held October 23-25, 2012), helped to confirm this notion as 230 exhibitors from 16 countries highlighted their latest technology. Almost 4,400 visitors from 39 countries traveled to the show seeking specific answers to real cleaning issues they face on the shop floor every day. The show was a good opportunity to network exhibitors with visitors in an environment that promoted brainstorming discussions, targeting the appropriate products and services for specific applications.

With clear signs that business is on the rise for manufacturers in the U.S., and as new orders come in, this is a good time for companies to re-evaluate current technologies and processes with an eye towards strengthening and building for the future. The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in September 2012 gave attendees an opportunity to review all aspects of manufacturing and to learn more about ways to improve their businesses from top to bottom. More focused shows such as parts2clean allow visitors to zero in on a specific technology that may need more attention.

For those who were not able to attend, we have assembled some highlights from the parts2clean show here. And there’s yet another opportunity right around the corner (April 16-18) to continue research on cleaning requirements. Once again, this year’s Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS 2013) will feature a Cleaning Pavilion, as well as the Parts Cleaning Expo (PCx), an extended series of conference sessions covering everything from fundamentals of cleaning to the environmental rules and regulations coming down the pipeline.

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